• A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes in Big Sky Country, 2012

  • A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes, 2010

THE SISTERS HAYES, (Christina, Esther and Rebecca) are a trio of sibling artists living and working in Melbourne. With collective skills in painting, costume and set design, animation, film & photography, the familial group make diverse collaborative works.

Currently in development is  “A Tar Paper Shack”– a multifaceted project exploring their North American heritage.

The Sisters Hayes recent work includes: set and costume design for Antigone (Malthouse, 2015) guest artists for ‘Portraits‘, a public program and group exhibition with Rawcus, art direction and production artwork for Malthouse Theatre’s 2015 Season, set and costume design for Walking into the Bigness (Malthouse, 2014), a new collaboration with Paul Hodges, a moving image commission for ACMI (Profile Me, 2013), curating The Great Un Reveal (a collaboration with Arts Project Australia, 2012), solo exhibition Big Sky Country (Rae & Bennett Gallery), set and costume design for Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre, 2012), production design for the Carnival of Mysteries (2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival), and ‘A Good Death’, a dark and decorative multi-faceted exhibition for the 2010 Next Wave Festival.

The Sisters Hayes strive to make work that is narrative driven, handcrafted, theatrical and materially beautiful. Working communally to conceive, research and present ideas, The Sisters craft and stitch together shared stories.

The Sisters


Christina Hayes, the eldest sister, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004. Since then Christina has held solo exhibitions with Anna Pappas Gallery (2011 and 2012), Bus Projects (2009) and TCBart.inc (2008). She has also exhibited in group, collaborative and two person shows including The Agents at Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space (2010), In House at Platform Artist Group (2007), and Keys to the House at TCBart.inc (2006). Individual theatre credits include set and costume design for Hello, Goodbye, Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades, which debuted at Malthouse Theatre/Melbourne Festival in 2014. Christina is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at the VCA.

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Esther Hayes, the middle sister, graduated from the VCA in 2006 with a BA of Dramatic Art and was awarded the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship that year. She has recently designed costumes for film- Scare Campaign (Cyan Films, 2015) and for the stage- North by Northwest (Kay + McLean Productions, 2015), Mother and Son (McLaren House, 2014-2015), The Beast (MTC, 2013), Nixon in China (Victorian Opera, 2013), Other Desert Cities (MTC, 2013), The Heretic (MTC, 2012), Midnight Son (Victoria Opera, 2012), The Baroque Triple Bill (Victorian Opera, 2011), Hamlet (MTC, 2011), Delectable Shelter (The Hayloft Project, 2011),  All About My Mother (MTC, 2010), Richard III (MTC, 2010), and Rockabye (MTC, 2009).

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Rebecca Hayes is the youngest sister and holds a BA of Art (Animation and Interactive Media) from RMIT University. She is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist working across animation, illustration, new media, theatre and the visual arts. Her award winning animated short film The Show (2010) has screened extensively across the festival circuit in Australia and overseas. Most recently, Rebecca has been a contributing artist to ‘Fly the Colour Fantastica’ (2015), an independently published comic anthology featuring 12 Australian artists, as well as commissioned animation for music videos, the Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Theatre Company. She also teaches animation within RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, as well as teaching exchanges at Yunnan Normal University, China. 

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Photo by Jon Butt, during the the Studio Apartment residency at c3 Gallery